Though my education and training is a foundation of how I practice medicine, a better understanding of who I am as a psychiatrist and physician can be found in the bricks of the building I work in.
After nearly a decade living in Boise, I can’t recall a time when I haven’t known of our unique building on the corner of Franklin Street and 15th, which is today North End Psychiatry & Associates. Now over 111 years old, our beautiful arts & crafts style bungalow is constructed with clinker bricks.
These “clinker” bricks – which start out as typical bricks deformed during the kiln-firing process because they are wet and too close to the heat source – were historically discarded as defective, non-uniform, and of no industrial value. Highly variable in shape, texture, color, and luster, no two clinker bricks are alike and all tell a story of violent challenge and survival. The arts & crafts movement of the early 20th century realized the beauty and uniqueness of these clinkers from the kiln, and many builders and designers of the period integrated them seamlessly into a home’s masonry work to provide both structure and beauty.
Not until after Dr. Clancy and I acquired this building did I recognize what a perfect metaphor the clinker brick bungalow is for my beliefs about psychiatry, diversity, and the societal strength that comes from inclusion and renewal.
I believe my role as a psychiatrist is to join my patients on their life journey for a time, relieving their symptoms when possible, reflecting their own truth when evident, and empowering them to make changes that are often the only pathway to complete healing and growth. I am committed to truth and being “real” in one’s approach to living. I feel the core of any viable treatment relationship is trust. Without mutual trust, there is no movement forward.
In 1999 I received my medical doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Internship and psychiatry residency training followed at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine from 1999 to 2003. In 2004 I completed my fellowship in geriatric psychiatry from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.